Spotify has started rolling out its own wake-up call, allowing users to activate the app on their phone or smart speaker and control their music hands-free via voice commands.
To use the feature, you will need to say the wake-up phrase, “Hey, Spotify,” then ask for an artist, album, or song you want to listen to.
Spotted by GSM Arena, reports of Spotify adding its own wake-up call surfaced as early as last month, but the company has now started rolling out the feature as an official update. Users receive notifications from Spotify that introduce the wake-up call feature and walk them through the basic steps to use it.
There are a few conditions that must be met for the wake word to work. Your device’s screen should be on, the Spotify app should be open, and the appropriate permissions should be granted to allow the app to access your device’s microphone.
Spotify introducing its own wake word might seem like an odd addition, especially when the functionality is typically found in AI voice assistants like Siri and Google Assistant, both of which already have Spotify integration. Presumably, Spotify wants its own official wake-up call that can be used regardless of which device the user chooses.
The wake-up call can also be a step in the right direction in terms of accessibility. Not everyone will have the technical know-how to set up Spotify integration with an external voice assistant, so having one in the Spotify app certainly removes the middleman in this regard.